It's All About Your Blood Sugar
By Dov Oshri
Has anyone ever said, "It's all in your head"?
- Your memory lapses?
- Your mood swings?
- Your inability to lose weight?
- Your food cravings?
- Your fading eyesight?
- Your mental fuzziness?
- Your physical sluggishness?
Please be assured: your symptoms are real, but they are all in your pancreas! Because that is the organ that regulates one of your body's most important - and most frequently overlooked functions: BLOOD SUGAR!
No, I'm not saying you have diabetes. (Although you might be on your way to getting it.) I'm saying that if you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, you may be suffering from a condition that affects millions of people (even though very few of then realize it): Your blood sugar may be out of whack!
Why You Should Care about Your Blood Sugar?
Unless you're diabetic, chances are you haven't given a moment's thought to your blood sugar before now. So why should you care about it?
- You should care if you find yourself getting sluggish or tired at 3:00 pm every afternoon.
- You should care if you reach for biscuits, sweets, or coal top give you a shot of energy.
- You should care if you've ever found yourself hungry late at night and making a refrigerator raid.
- You should care if your earnest attempts to lose weight have met with little or no success.
- You should care if you've notices your vision or your memory slipping in recent years.
What exactly is blood sugar? And why is it so important to your health? Well, blood sugar is to your body what petrol is to your car. It's the fuel that makes it go. If your car ran out of petrol, it would sputter, cough, and come to a stop. If you ran out of blood sugar, you would soon go into a coma and die.
Every cell in your body depends on blood sugar for the energy to stay alive and perform its function. Without a steady supply of blood sugar, your brain couldn't think, your heart couldn't beat, your feet couldn't walk. So, like petrol, blood sugar is a good thing. But you can have too much of a good thing. You wouldn't pour petrol all over your car, would you? But when your blood sugar gets high - and stays high - that's exactly what you are doing. You're pouring petrol over your body and all the vital organs inside. Then when you add a small additional problem as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you're striking a match.
Your goal is to keep your "petrol tank" of blood sugar full, but not too full. And one of the key tools in this process is a hormone called insulin.
Fine-Tune Your "Fuel-Injection" System
Insulin is manufactured in your pancreas, and it's job is to "inject" the blood sugar into your cells. Consider it your own personal fuel-injection system! Whenever you eat - especially when you eat carbohydrate - the food is converted to blood sugar (glucose), and your pancreas cranks up its production of insulin. The insulin sends the blood sugar into your cells, and your cells use it for energy. When your blood sugar is high, your body hates to waste all that fuel. So whatever it can't use right away for energy, it stores as fat to be used later.
Why You Gain Weight Even When You Hardly Ever Eat!
You're late for work and the kids are late for school, so you don't have time for breakfast. Work is really busy, so the only lunch you have time for is a bagel and a diet soft drink. Your body is in starvation mode, and your blood sugar is very low.
But when dinnertime comes, it's a different story. Now you're ready for a feast of roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet corn and bread rolls with butter. Your blood sugar soars, your insulin spikes, and here's what your body is thinking:
"We've been starving all day, and finally we got a decent meal. But who knows when we'll eat again? We should store all this food as fat. That way, we'll have a source of energy if we go back to starvation tomorrow."
So on the next morning, you step on the scales and you've gained weight! You say to yourself, "But how could that happen? I only ate one meal yesterday!" How could it happen? It's your blood sugar, that's how! Are you starting to understand why balancing your blood sugar is so important?
Doctors are beginning to realize that keeping a close eye on your blood sugar isn't just for diabetics anymore. It's for everyone - man or woman - who wants to be fit, healthy, and live to ripe old age.
My >Anti-Aging Fitness Program helps people get control of their blood sugar. You will lose weight. Gain more energy. Sharpen your memory. And protect yourself against life-threatening illnesses like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Would you like to find a diet where you never had to count calories or grams of fat? Where you could have as many meals as you wanted throughout the day? Wherever you could eat whenever you feel hungry? That's not a diet, that's a feast! Controlling your blood sugar is one of the most exciting new discoveries to hit the world of weight loss in at least 25 years.
What makes it so great? It's the only weight loss method ever invented that works not by depriving you of foods, but by urging you to eat more. It works by guiding you to great-tasting foods that naturally keep your blood sugar on an even keel. As a result, your insulin rarely spikes... and your meals are less likely to get stored as fat. If your body needs more energy (from the blood sugar) than it can get from your last meal, it borrows from your existing reserves of fat in your belly, butt, and thighs. So you could actually get thinner and thinner - even though you feel like you're eating all the time! You're rarely hungry. Your cravings for sweets and carb crunches will disappear.
Start Your Day with a Burst of Energy!
Do you ever find yourself getting off to a slow start in the morning? Or crashing after lunch in the afternoon? Or feeling exhausted after dinner at night? When you skip meals and compensate by scoffing down a high-carbohydrate snack - like a bag of crisps, for example - you're putting your blood sugar on a roller coaster ride. And more often than not, it's going to leave you feeling exactly like a real roller coaster would - exhausted, dizzy, and sick.
When you grab that bag of chips, your blood sugar starts chugging up like a roller coaster on the first big incline. But when it gets to the top, your insulin takes over and sends it crashing back down to earth. For that one little moment at the top of the hill, you might feel pretty good. But before you know it, you're down in the dumps - tired and hungry again. Eating the Anti-Aging Fitness Program way takes you off the roller coaster and puts you on a racetrack. You'll have all the energy you need to keep going and going all day.
Put an End to Your Mood Swings!
The same thing that happens to your energy level during the day could also happen to your emotions. Have you ever noticed yourself getting grouchy in the morning or cranky late at night just like a small child? Have you ever been so down in the dumps in the afternoon that you felt like you were living at the bottom of a swimming pool?
You may have written this off as PMS or menopause, but it happens to men too. You might even be taking prescription drugs for depression or anxiety. But there's a chance that you're not sick at all. You simply need to take better control of your blood sugar. I can show you how.
Boost Your Memory and Mental Alertness!
Did you know that your brain needs more blood sugar than any other part of your body? It's true. Your brain is a virtual sponge for blood sugar, sucking up nearly 25% of all the glucose in your bloodstream. They used to say that fish was brain food, but scientists now believe that the real brain food is a spoonful of sugar.
At a recent test conducted by Dr. Paul Gold at the University of Illinois, for example, Alzheimer's patients scored 100% better on memory tests after drinking a glass of super-sweet lemonade than they did when they took a similar test without the lemonade. But before you run to the doughnut shop, keep this in mind: the object is not to give yourself a sudden hit of blood sugar, but to keep your blood sugar balanced throughout the day. When you eat a doughnut for breakfast, for example, it might keep you functioning well at work for an hour or so. But your pancreas will respond by pumping out more insulin, which in turn makes your blood sugar drop. By 10 o'clock, you'll be back in the brain fog. If you want to stay mentally alert and sharp throughout the day, you should try eating the Anti-Aging Fitness Program< way.
Protect Your Eyesight As Long As You Live!
No one wants to move into a nursing home or become a burden to their family. No one wants to stop living in their own house or lose their driver's license. That's why it's so important to keep your eyesight in good shape as you get older. But blood sugar that stays too high for too long is thought to be one of the worse things you can do to your eyes!
All that excess glucose in your bloodstream could damage the tiny capillaries in your eyes making them swell and burst, impairing your vision. Too much glucose can also cause the growth of new (and unnecessary) blood vessels in your eyes. This condition is called diabetic retinopathy, which is one of the leading causes of loss of vision and even blindness in extreme cases.
What's more, research shows people with blood sugar problems are nearly twice as likely to develop glaucoma and 50% more likely to develop cataracts. Your eyes are just like your teeth. Treat them right, and they should last you a lifetime. But expose them to too much sugar, and you're going to have problems.
Want to Live Long and Healthy Life!
Heart attack. Stroke. Cancer. These are the diseases that cut people down before their time. And scientists are beginning to realize that blood sugar problems play a role in each of them. Take heart disease for example. Some doctors now believe that having high blood sugar is actually as much of an indication of future heart disease as having high cholesterol!
Why? Because too much sugar in your bloodstream can change the chemistry of your artery walls, making them sticky like flypaper. Traveling blood clots get stuck in the flypaper, possibly causing a blockage.
But of course, the biggest risk you face with high blood sugar is diabetes itself. Please don't shrug off diabetes simply because it's a "treatable" disease. If you don't think diabetes is a serious illness, consider that there are people who have lost a leg because of it. Or who are hooked up to a dialysis machine. Believe me, diabetes is something you want to avoid. But if your blood sugar is too high for too long, you're taking a risk by increasing your chances of becoming diabetic. Fortunately, there's a lot you can do to get off that road. And you can start doing it today.
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